Pretoria, - 21 January 2023: Following the release of the National Senior Certifcate (NSC) results on 19 January 2023 by the department of basic education, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, would like to congratulate the social grant beneficiaries who wrote their final Grade 12 examinations, during the most difficult period marked by many disruptions including Covid-19.
 
The results on the performance of the 2022 Social Grant Beneficiaries (SGB) who wrote the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examination show an impressive increase in performance between the years, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, in all provinces. The overall increase now sits at 8.7 percentage points from 0.2 % in 2020/2021.
 
The ranking of the social grant beneficiaries performance by province sees Gauteng Province as the best performing province at 81.59%, followed by the Free State (76.19%), KwaZulu-Natal (75.73%), North West (74.19%), and Northern Cape (71.23%). The three provinces with similar levels of performance are the Eastern Cape (68.66%), Mpumalanga (68.49%) and Western Cape (68.49%). Limpopo is the province with performance below the 60% threshold at 59.65%.
 
Last year, saw more female social grant beneficiary learners sitting for their NSC examination at 256 902, as compared to 191 490 males. A trend that has been observed in previous years.
The overall male pass rate was reportedly higher at 72.5% compared to the female, which is at 70.39%. This is observed in all provinces except in Gauteng, where 81.86% of females performed slightly better than their male counterparts who obtained 81.21%. 
 
These results prove that programmes that promote gender parity in performance, such as the Sanitary Dignity Programme, are interventions which encourage the retention of girls in school as well as their attendance and performance. Minister Zulu has called on all Provinces to strengthen these interventions especially in rural and township areas.

This academic performance highlights the critical role that social protection and pro-poor interventions play in addressing intergenerational poverty and child wellbeing.
When comparing learners who were still receiving their grant (active recipients) in their matric year and those who whose grant had stopped (inactive recipients) due to their age, active social grant beneficiaries were found to have a substantially higher pass rate as compared to inactive social grant beneficiaries, with an overall pass rate of 87.20% and 75.22%, respectively. 
 
This is observed in all provinces and is a trend that has been consistent in previous years, showing some evidence of the effects of social grants on children’s educational outcomes. The findings may be demonstrating that the impact of social grants is likely to be greater the longer the transfer duration, especially, if child-specific grants are kept active until the learner completes their Grade 12 education. Nonetheless, while the inactive pass rates are lower, it is essential to note that just about 75% of inactive social grant beneficiaries managed to pass their NSC examinations.

Minister Zulu further extends a word of appreciation to parents, caregivers, social service practitioners, teachers, the school governing bodies, and community structures who played an important role in guiding the class of 2022 to realise and achieve their dreams. Minister Zulu called for caregivers and parents to equally support those matriculants who may not have done well or did not make it by providing them with a second chance.
 
“We want to take this opportunity to encourage the learners who did not pass to remain hopeful and not panic or give up on their dreams. It is during this period that families and friends should show support,” said Minister Zulu.
 
She also said that: “For those whose results were not as good as expected, not to give up as many opportunities are still available for them to succeed. Information, advice, and guidance on what to do next is available and I would urge the learners to use these opportunities fully to improve their results. I also want to encourage the parents to be supportive to their children as parental involvement has long been identified as having a clear and positive relationship to the success of young people regarding educational performance as well as protection from alcohol and drug abuse.”
 
The Minister also wishes to remind the grant beneficiaries who applied and were accepted at tertiary institutions that they will not be means tested when applying for financial assistance with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
 
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Media Statement

  

Pretoria, 21 December 2022: As many people will be traveling to various holiday destinations across the country to rest and enjoy the festive season with their families and friends, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu is urging all South Africans to celebrate responsibly and to keep those less privileged among them in their thoughts this festive season.

 

“In the last two years, we celebrated the festive season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we celebrate this wonderful time of the year without restrictions, I encourage us all to take a moment to pause, celebrate the gift of life and exemplify the spirit of Christmas by reaching out and sharing what we have and what we can. Sadly, this is also the time of the year that we experience an increase in acts of violence against the most vulnerable - children, women, older persons and persons with disabilities,” said Minister Zulu.

 

“We therefore should remain vigilant during this time. If you, or anyone you know is being abused, or if you suspect that someone you know may need help, please contact the Gender Based Violence Command Centre on 0800 428 428 (0800 GBVF GBVF). The Command Centre can also be accessed by sending a Please Call Me: *120*7867#, SMS 'Help': 31531 or use Skype: Helpme GBV. The Command Centre will remain fully operational for 24/7 during this festive season,” Minister Zulu added.

 

It is important for parents and caregivers to ensure the safety of children by knowing the whereabouts of their children at all times as perpetrators prey on vulnerable children during this time. In promoting the 365 Days comprehensive Child Protection campaign, South Africans are reminded that everyone has the responsibility to ensure that children in their care are safe and always protected.

 

Elder abuse is also a major cause for concern. It comes in many different forms – physical abuse, emotional abuse, or financial abuse. Many times, sadly, elder abuse involves a family member. This must be condemned by all South Africans as it is equivalent to the violation of fundamental human rights as entrenched in the Constitution and the Older Persons Act 13 of 2006. The Department will as part of strengthening its awareness programmes, continue to protect older persons and empower communities about Alzheimer’s, dementia and other conditions affecting older persons’ health and wellbeing.

 

One of the major contributing factors to gender-based violence and road accident fatalities during this time of the year is the abuse of alcohol. The Department of Social Development is the custodian of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 70 of 2008, which mandates the department to develop programmes and support initiatives aimed at the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

 

 The Act exists to prevent usage, treatment of substance use disorders, as well as the reduction, production, and distribution of illicit drugs in South Africa. In collaboration with the Central Drug Authority (CDA), the department is also expected to play part and contribute towards the building of safer and healthier communities through coordinated efforts. This is part of building a caring society for all South Africans.

 

This role, the Minister says, can be realised through effective implementation of the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP, 2019 - 2024, which is a guiding tool towards working in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations and communities to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs in the country.

 

LET US UNITE AGAINST A DRUG FREE SOCIETY!

 

Being responsible for the implementation of Pillar 4 of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender Based Violence and Femicide, the Department of Social Development will continue its role of making provision and strengthening communities through institutional Response, Care, Support and Healing to GBVF survivors and their families. The implementation of Pillar 4 requires all South Africans including the Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, and society at large to play their part. It is for this reason that the GBVCC will be operational throughout the festive season 24 hours a day. 

 

To afford the officials of the Department to spend time with their families, the offices will be closed from 23 December 2022 at 10h00 until 3 January 2023. 

 

Minister Zulu takes this opportunity to wish all South Africans a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  

 

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Media Advisory

  

04 October 2022, Pretoria - GautengOctober is set aside as Social Development Month and the department aims to reach out to poor and vulnerable communities who depend on social development services to survive and improve their lives. 

 

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Thursday - 06 October, update the country on the Child Support Grant (CSG) Top-Up and the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant as well as the plans the department has to ensure that the country is aware of the available services it offers.

 

This year, Social Development Month, is being commemorated under the theme, United in the Fight Against Poverty and Other Social ills,” and the Minister will use this opportunity to highlight the eligibility and criteria for South Africans to access the CSG, which is not necessarily a new grant - but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant for orphans in the care of relatives. She will also provide an update on the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.

 

On the same day, the Department of Social Development, will host a Sexual and Reproductive Health Justice (SRJ) Seminar which seeks to ensure that the marginalised and vulnerable have the power, and resources, to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.

 

The seminar will, amongst other issues - reflect on the highlights from the Nairobi Summit as fully explained in the ICPD25 Report (2021) titled: ‘No Exceptions, No Exclusions: Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice for All.’ 

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the two engagements scheduled as follows:

 

MEDIA BRIEFING PROGRAMME: 

    

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022

Time: 10h00

Venue: 1035 Schoeman Street, Tshedimosetso House, GCIS in Hatfield, Pretoria 

    

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022

Time: 09h30 – 16h30

Venue: The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, Benoni - Gauteng  

 

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06 October 2022, Pretoria - Gauteng: October is set aside as Social Development Month and the department aims to reach out to poor and vulnerable communities who depend on social development services to survive and improve their lives. 

 

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Monday - 10 October, update the country on the Child Support Grant (CSG) Top-Up and the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant as well as the plans the department has to ensure that the country is aware of the available services it offers.

 

This year, Social Development Month, is being commemorated under the theme, “United in the Fight Against Poverty and Other Social ills,” and the Minister will use this opportunity to highlight the eligibility and criteria for South Africans to access the CSG, which is not necessarily a new grant - but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant for orphans in the care of relatives. She will also provide an update on the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the two engagements scheduled as follows:

     

Date: Monday, 10 October 2022

Time: 10h00

Venue: 1035 Schoeman Street, Tshedimosetso House, GCIS in Hatfield, Pretoria 

    

Media can RSVP to Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Ms Nomfundo Xulu-Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

 

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Pretoria, 30 September 2022: The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP, is calling all relatives who are caring for orphaned children to come forward and apply for CSG Top-Up at their nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices. 

 

The ‘Top-Up’ is an additional amount of R240 that is added to the standard CSG amount of R480. This means that a relative caring for an orphaned child; specifically, a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or cousin of the child, can now receive a higher valued Child Support Grant per month of R720, instead of the standard Child Support Grant (CSG) amount of R480.

 

It is important to note that the CSG Top-Up is not a new grant, but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant. The same eligibility criteria that apply to the CSG will therefore also apply to the CSG Top-Up. The only additional proof required is proof that the child is an orphan. To prove this, caregivers will need to submit death certificates of the child’s parents. If they only have one death certificate because they do not know the other parent or do not know whether the other parent has passed on or alive, they can complete an affidavit at SASSA Offices, which explains this matter. 

 

The Minister desires that all caregivers of orphans to know that the CSG Top-Up is available now at all SASSA offices and relatives do not need a social worker report or a court order to access it. We are using the successful and easily accessible CSG programme to reach orphans so that relatives caring for orphans have speedy access to an adequate social grant to cover the child’s basic needs. Increasing the amount of the Child Support Grant for orphans is government’s latest investment aimed at creating a better life for children living in poverty.

 

Minister Zulu said, “the CSG currently reaches over 13 million children living in poverty. It is government’s most successful social protection programme in terms of coverage and positive impact for children. The Department just completed a review of child poverty and the Child Support which has revealed that as the CSG was expanded to reach more children over the years of 2003 to 2013, the child food poverty decreased by 20 percentage points from 53% to 33% over the same period.  This recent review and numerous previous empirical studies have proven that increased government investments in children’s grants have resulted in improved outcomes for children in the areas of poverty, health, nutrition, and education.”

 

Many relatives caring for orphans are already receiving the CSG of R480. But for many households this may not be enough to provide for the child’s basic nutritional needs as it is below the food poverty line of R624/month. The Department has therefore, introduced the ‘Top-Up’ to increase the amount for orphans to R720. 

This provision was introduced on 01 June 2022 and allows for relatives caring for orphans to have access to an adequate social grant without having to go through the Foster Care System. This means caregivers do not need to see a social worker or get a court order to apply for the CSG Top-Up which will ensure that all orphans living in poverty receive an adequate social grant speedily. 

A related caregiver who is caring for an orphaned child and is already receiving a R480 CSG for that child, can now go to their nearest SASSA office to apply for the Top-Up of R240 to be added to their monthly CSG.

A related caregiver who is caring for an orphaned child that is not yet receiving a CSG for the child in their care, can apply for the Child Support Grant and the Top-Up at the same time.

 

It is anticipated that the application process, verification and payment would be processed within a month to ensure that relatives caring for orphans receive their social grants speedily. 

 

Note: The only caregiver that needs to see a social worker before they can approach SASSA are children under 18 years who are looking after their orphaned siblings in a Child Headed Households. Before they approach SASSA, they need to see a social worker who will assess their situation, complete a form in terms of s137 of the Children’s Act, and provide them with the extra support they need due to not having an adult in the household.

 

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